Imponente Purse, a consistent Brazilian-bred gelding trained by A.C.
Avila, takes on favored Jeranimo in Monday’s holiday feature, the Grade
II, $150,000 San Gabriel Stakes for older horses at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
“We freshened him after the Clement Hirsch (on Oct. 2),” Avila
said. “He had a long campaign, so we freshened him up and we’re starting
again. He might want a longer distance than a mile and an eighth, but
he’s capable at shorter distances, especially if he has a fast pace to
Jim Cassidy was still undecided on entering The Usual Q.T. in
the San Gabriel. “As of today, yes,” the trainer said Thursday morning.
“Tomorrow, who knows?”
The Usual Q.T., a two-time Grade I stakes winner, has not raced
since last May 28 when he finished third in the Grade II American
Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Rowdy Gal, daylight winner of her only two starts, tries stakes
company for the first time in Sunday’s Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes for
3-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs.
“She looks like a nice filly, won both her races,” trainer John
Sadler said of the Kentucky-bred daughter of Pure Prize. “She’s training
well so it’s time to step up into a better race.”
The field for the Santa Ynez: Made to Love Her, Rafael Bejarano;
Reneesgotzip, Corey Nakatani; Rowdy Gal, Joel Rosario; Painted Woman,
Mike Smith; Lady Hokulea, Joe Talamo; and Candrea, Martin Garcia.